At Middlesbrough Football Club we are very proud of the extensive work we do within the Teesside community. We believe our club has an important role to play in the lives of the people of the region and we take our responsibilities seriously.

The club’s management and players are all aware of the importance of our close relationship with the people of Teesside, and we continually work to maintain and strengthen those links.

In sporting terms, we are flagbearers for the region, and we understand the importance of being a focal point for many in the local community, not just in Middlesbrough itself but across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Our Academy was created to give local youngsters the opportunity to take the first steps toward a potential career in professional football while the MFC Foundation, the club’s charitable arm, was set-up to work and provide education and opportunities to the many different communities in the region.

In recent years, that togetherness was never more evident than when Teesside came together at the Riverside Stadium for an emotional show of support for the steel industry in the region, after it was announced that over 1,000 jobs would be lost. Our players met many of those involved and raised funds for a project aimed at helping people affected.

The players posed for a topless calendar to raise funds to help steelworkers in 2015

During the 2016/17 season, the management and players made over 300 appearances at a wide-range of community-based events, including visits to local schools, charities, and minority organisations.

In tandem with our commercial partners, two Redcar schoolchildren, with life debilitating illness, were given a garden transformation into a safe play area and a visit by England international Ben Gibson while Adam Forshaw was on hand to help with a community mural unveiling at a sheltered housing complex in Hurworth. Just two examples of how we utilised the high profile of the club to benefit our local community in the 2016/17 season.

Ben Gibson paid a surprise visit to two Redcar youngsters

The latter part of 2017 saw the entire playing squad take part in an awareness day for the MFC Foundation while the club also took part in World Kindness Day and George Friend paid surprise visits to both a care home and to a Stockton youngster who is raising substantial funds for Cancer research.

The Christmas period is a hugely important time, and the squad visit local hospitals, hospices, and charities to distribute gifts and provide cheer. The stadium also hosts a annual festive day-to-remember for local children to meet their heroes.

As a club we are inclusive and diverse and have policies in place to ensure every member of the community, no matter what their background, is welcomed by MFC.

We are constantly striving to meet the high standards we set ourselves in ensuring Middlesbrough Football Club is here for all.